Dhadak


Shashank Khaitan’s Dhadak’ marks the Bollywood debut of Boney Kapoor and late actress Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor. The film is a Hindi remake of Marathi blockbuster ‘Sairat’ and since it is a remake, comparison is bound to happen. However, leaving ‘Sairat’ behind, let’s talk about ‘Dhadak’ only.

Straightway speaking, ‘Dhadak’ falls in the seen before and heard before category but the treatment is different. In Bollywood, we have seen ample movies where caste, status and family revolt stand as a barrier between two die-hard lovers and something very similar we will witness in ‘Dhadak’ also.

Two young hearts Madhukar aka Madhu (Ishaan Khatter) and Parthavi (Janhvi Kapoor) meets and fell for one another. Parthavi is a daughter of a rich and influential businessman, who own a hotel and dreams to make a mark in politics. While Madhur is the son of a middle-class parents, who runs a small restaurant. There is a huge difference between the two in respect of caste, status, money etc.

When love sparks in the heart of two young hearts from very divergent families, dhamaka is bound to take place.  Parthavi’s father (Ashutosh Rana) can’t digest the fact that his daughter fell in love with a middle-class and lower caste boy. He stood as a big barrier between the two lovers. Knowing that Pathavi’s father would never accept them, the young couple flee to Kolkata. But their struggle and panic did not come to a full stop. What follows next forms the rest of the story. The climax is nerve breaking and devastating.

Speaking about the most important person of the film, Janhvi Kapoor. She is one of the major factors to drag audience to the theatres. The film marks the launch of yet another star kid and so excitement of the audience to see Sridevi’s daughter has been sky high. Talking about Janhvi’s performance, she impresses the audience with her acting but it requires polishing which can be gained with experience.

Ishaan Khatter is only one film old. He debuted with ‘Beyond The Clouds’ and impressed all with his intense acting and in ‘Dhadak’, he showed that he can equally portray a funny and lover boy part. He was natural and free-flowing. He radiates laughter and played his part really well. Their chemistry was enduring.

Director Shashank Khaitan did his job well but the script proved to be less water tight. Ajay Atul’s music is impressive. The song ‘zingat’ become dance anthem.

In the nutshell, ‘Dhadak’ is a good watch, enjoyable but not a memorable one.